THE SECRET LEAKING ROOF

 It was a rainy night, a windy night—a night, my cousin, LaRue, and I would never forget. But let me start from the beginning…  A few days before the torrential rain and gusty winds, LaRue and I discovered a tiny little leak in the ceiling right above our bed. When I say small, I mean a drip every ten minutes […]

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SALT OF THE EARTH

This is a story about an extraordinary woman who taught me about love and the true meaning of never giving up. Mary Rustine Transue was my grandmother. Some of my memories have faded, but those that have attached themselves to my heart are still bright and clear.  First, a little background. Mary was born on January 31, 1886. She married […]

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MARY, MANGER AND THE MOON

It was the night before Christmas as I dashed through the rooms, emptying bags, wrapping presents, dipping pretzels, and cleaning up.  The trees are ready, and the stockings were hung waiting for the big day. As I made a cup of tea, I caught a glimpse of the moon. A beautiful moon high in the sky. I stopped and thought about […]

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OUR MULTIFACETED LIVES

Multifaceted is a beautiful word.  It lends itself nicely to family and friends, and what makes them so different and unique. I believe that when we were created in our Mother’s womb, the layers of our personalities, confidence, creativity, self-esteem, patience, imperfections, acceptance, forgiveness, hope, faith, truth, and love were given their appropriate dosages. The amount of allotted dosages makes […]

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CHOCOLATE CAKE, BALLOONS, AND ANGELS

Our little angel, Skyler, would have celebrated his first earthly birthday on July 1, 2017.  Sixteen days later, Skyler wrote and sent a letter in response to his great- grandmother’s letter.  I think you will enjoy a child’s view of his first birthday celebration in Heaven.  Skyler’s letters are written from the heart. The message that Gigi writes and little Skyler’s response is […]

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WHAT MY TEAPOT TAUGHT ME

This is a story about a teapot. It is not a teapot to boil water for a nice cup of hot tea; or a decorative; sit on the shelf teapot. It is a beautiful pink teapot, not a bright pink, or a fuchsia,  but more of a dusty rose. My teapot has a timeworn fashion look with little round openings below a flower design, that circles the neck […]

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MY DEAR ETHEL

I need to start at the beginning, creating a picture of a cat still touching the hearts of those she allows into her circle. It all started a little over sixteen years ago, a few months after I put my beloved dog, Sammy down. Needless to say, my heart was broken, and I was looking to help it heal. The […]

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THE SPOON THIEF

Last summer, I took a spoon from my daughter’s kitchen. Yes, I am a spoon thief. The spoon was not a plastic spoon or a measuring spoon, but a lovely stainless-steel spoon with a fully designed handle.   I know that you, dear reader, must be thinking, “Big deal, it’s only a spoon!” But I hope that you might change your mind […]

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LORD HEAR MY PRAYER

It was early Monday morning when I got the call. A frantic call. A call that would change and break my heart. The caller, my brother-in-law, short words; she is in the ambulance, they can’t revive her. That was all.  “They can’t revive her.”  Stunned, what was happening? My youngest sister? No, it can’t be! Got up, wandered around in […]

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Generous Compassionate Sunday

One of my favorite places to volunteer and collect needed items is Safe Harbor.  Safe Harbor is a local homeless shelter near my home. Although I do not know the men and women who reside there, I consider them my neighbor.  We all go through rough patches in our lives, and it is because of those times, I find helping […]

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